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Flyers send Gostisbehere, Laughton to Lehigh Valley; Morin still in Philly

The Philadelphia Flyers need to get the active roster to 23 by the start of the season.

They're at 26.

The Flyers got to that number when they sent center Scott Laughton and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Both, who were top candidates to start the season with the Flyers, will start in Lehigh.

The Flyers also waived veteran Zack Stortini. If he isn't picked up, he will join Laughton and Gostisbehere in Lehigh.

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Flyers Split Squad Ends in Win, Loss

Regular season hockey may be a couple weeks away but the NHL is back and in game form.

The Flyers split their training camp roster in half, sending one group to the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario for a game against the Maple Leafs while the other half stayed home to host the Washington Capitals. The games resulted in a win at home and a shootout loss on the road.

Flyers Sign Del Zotto

The Flyers signed free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year, $1.3 million contract on Tuesday.

The signing came after the announcement that Kimmo Timonen is being treating in his country of Finland for blood clots in his right calf and both lungs.

In 67 games with the Nashville Predators and the New York Rangers last season, Del Zotto scored three goals and 13 assists. His speed, size and offensive ability will help fill the void left by Timonen's injury.

Flyers D Kimmo Timonen Being Treated for Blood Clots

Flyers veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen is in Finland where he is being treated for blood clots in his right leg and both lungs, according to the Flyers on Tuesday.

This isn't the first time Timonen has experienced blood clots. He had them in the same leg during the 2008 playoffs, not allowing him to compete in the Eastern Conference Final against the Penguins.

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Mason Breaks Right Pinky Finger

Flyers goalie Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger earlier in the week while playing ball hockey, a source close to the situation confirmed with The Fourth Period on Thursday.

It isn't known whether the injury to Mason's glove hand will hinder him when training camp begins in September.

Mason is the second Flyers player in as many summers to suffer a freak injury. Last summer, captain Claude Giroux sliced his hand when his golf club shattered.

Flyers to Induct Lindros, LeClair, Desjardins into Hall of Fame

The Flyers announced today that they will induct Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins into the Flyers Hall of Fame during the 2014-15 season.

Lindros and LeClair will be inducted on Thursday, November 20 prior to the team’s game against the Minnesota Wild, while Desjardins will join the group with a ceremony before the Thursday, February 19 game against the Buffalo Sabres.

"It's exciting to welcome Eric Desjardins, Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame," said Flyers Chairman Ed Snider in the press release. "All three players helped define our teams in the 90s and early 2000s that went to a combined four Eastern Conference Finals and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997. This honor is well deserved."

Flyers Release Statements on Claude Giroux's Butt-Grabbing Incident

Claude Giroux likes butts, okay?

The Flyers captain was arrested on Tuesday for grabbing the buttocks of an Ottawa police officer, as reported by the Ottawa Sun. The report also states alcohol was involved.

Giroux was released from jail Wednesday.

On Thursday, Giroux and Flyers general manager Ron Hextall released statements.

2014 Flyers Off Season Moves Tracker

Here is a running tracker of Flyers moves this off season, starting from the end of their 2013-14 season.

The list includes signings, trades, draft picks, released players, retired players, and anything else. Most recent moves are at the top.

Flyers Trade Tye McGinn; Sign D Nick Schultz

The Flyers made a pair of moves Wednesday, trading a forward and signing a defenseman.

The Flyers shipped forward Tye McGinn to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2015 third round pick. They signed free agent defenseman Nick Schultz to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

Flyers Re-Sign G Ray Emery

The Flyers didn't make a splash on the opening day of free agency just yet, but they made a key signing.

The Flyers have re-signed backup goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year, $1 million contract. He's the backup the Flyers were hoping to land to play behind Steve Mason.

Emery made $1.65 million last season with the Flyers.